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LucasFilm Games is back. As the Star Wars official website announced, upcoming games from the Star Wars universe will appear under the banner of this label.
These are primarily a rebranding. It applies to every new Star Wars title, regardless of the respective development team.
A similar measure was taken by Sony, who in 2020 expanded the term “Playstation” into a brand name for games.
What’s changing now?
In a short trailer, Lucasfilm Games shows which works are now covered by their banner. These are not only all Star Wars titles that have appeared in the recent past, but also DLCs for other titles such as Minecraft and even a classic.
These games can be seen in the new trailer:
Star Wars: Squadrons will also run under the relaunched label LucasFilm Games.
New channels for social media: As a first step, the company has also founded two new social media channels that will provide you with news about their games in the future. On Twitter and Facebook they run under the name @LucasfilmGames.
It is still unclear how the establishment of the new label will affect the agreement with EA, where the sole rights for Star Wars games were previously. Rumors have been circulating since 2018 that Disney wanted to reassign the license.
The Past of Lucasfilm Games
The brand itself has a very long history that was once completely detached from Star Wars. Lucasfilm Games was founded in May 1982 by George Lucas himself and was considered the video game division of Lucasfilm.
- The beginning: The first works of the group included the now rather unknown titles Ballblazer from 1984 and Rescue on Fractalus! for the Atari 5200. Adventure classics such as Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island followed later.
- The heyday: The studio, which eventually renamed itself to LucasArts, has only been developing games in the Star Wars universe since the 1990s. It all started with X-Wing and, a few months later, Star Wars: Rebel Assault, which despite its moderate ratings became one of the studio’s greatest successes.
- The end: In 2012, Disney bought the rights to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars license for $ 4 billion and pulled the plug on LucasArts a few months later. EA was awarded the contract and an exclusive contract for future Star Wars games. You can find out everything you need to know about the end of LucasArts at GameStar Plus:
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What does the future hold for Star Wars?
There are currently numerous works related to Star Wars in development. From films to video games to novels, the entire spectrum of media is covered.
In three different articles we show you what there will be in the universe in the near future:
But not all titles that have Star Wars on them are necessarily crowned with success. Some of the games were already up discontinued during their development. In a large list, we show you some very promising titles that never saw the light of day:
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The founding of Lucasfilm Games gives hope, however, that Star Wars games could regain an important place in the future of gaming, after having been neglected for a long time.